Chiefs, Warriors and the Europeans: Warfare and Diplomacy on the Rokel in the Late Nineteenth Century

The Rokel River region (Sierra Leone), strategically located and closely associated with the British-sponsored Freetown Colony, underwent far-reaching changes in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The author examines the peculiarities of the area and the major forces at work: the Freetown Colony, which by the end of the century was the only effective power in the territory; the so-called professional warriors; and the many small, competing chiefdoms, very jealous of one another and violently opposed to any idea of subordination. Notes, ref.

Title: Chiefs, Warriors and the Europeans: Warfare and Diplomacy on the Rokel in the Late Nineteenth Century
Author: Ijagbemi, E. Adeleye
Year: 1980
Periodical: Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Period: June
Pages: 13-34
Language: English
Geographic terms: Sierra Leone
Great Britain
Abstract: The Rokel River region (Sierra Leone), strategically located and closely associated with the British-sponsored Freetown Colony, underwent far-reaching changes in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The author examines the peculiarities of the area and the major forces at work: the Freetown Colony, which by the end of the century was the only effective power in the territory; the so-called professional warriors; and the many small, competing chiefdoms, very jealous of one another and violently opposed to any idea of subordination. Notes, ref.